Joe Biden is the real semi-fascist – AMAC
This week, President Joe Biden – looking for a new tag to pin on his political opponents after his failed “ultra-MAGA” branding, which caused laughter rather than shivers horror – landed on a new insult with which to tar those who do not support his program: they are, he says, semi-fascists. Speaking to a crowd of Democratic donors in Maryland, Biden reportedly said, “What we are seeing now is either the beginning or the end of an extreme MAGA philosophy. It’s not just Trump, it’s the whole philosophy behind the – I’m going to say something – it’s semi-fascism.
Now Democrat politicians paint half of Americans as being under contempt, that’s old hat. Former President Barack Obama, of course, said Americans who didn’t support him in 2008 were just bitter fanatics, clinging to “guns or religion or antipathy toward people who don’t look like them”. Hillary Clinton was more lapidary: she called them a “basket of deplorables”. So “semi-fascist” shouldn’t be such a shock.
But this libel is particularly infuriating coming from Biden the same week he announced, without any constitutional authority, that he was writing off some $500 billion in student loan debt – the biggest executive action in American history. . Biden justified this action based on a non-existent COVID-19 emergency. He justified similar impersonations on similar grounds: he illegally instructed his Occupational Safety and Health Administration to force vaccines on some 80 million people on the basis of a “public health emergency”; he used his Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to try to propagate a moratorium on evictions on the same basis; he bragged in July that he would reshape the US economy on his own if Congress did not act to prevent a supposed “climate emergency”.
If we are talking about semi-fascism, this stuff is permissible.
The history of fascism, after all, does not begin with a dictator simply marching into a country’s capital and seizing total power. It most often begins with the destruction of legislative power at the hands of the centralization of executive power. Adolf Hitler did not simply declare himself dictator; dictatorial power preceded him in the chancellor’s office by several years, dating back to Heinrich Bruning invoking emergency powers under Article 48 of the Weimar Constitution in 1930. Benito Mussolini came to power by means constitutionalists in 1922 and only consolidated its power in 1925. Fascism, in other words, is a gradual process. And this process begins with the actors in the executive branch gaining authority that was never given to them.
Because our political talk has turned into college histrionics – “Everyone I don’t like is Hitler!” – we fail to notice the gradual slide into tyranny, ignoring it in the name of spectacular headlines and reactionary rhetoric. Standing up to this process is not semi-fascism; it’s the contrary.
Ben Shapiro, 38, is a graduate of UCLA and Harvard Law School, host of “The Ben Shapiro Show” and editor of DailyWire.com. He is a three-time New York Times bestselling author; his latest book is “The Authoritarian Moment: How The Left Weaponized America’s Institutions Against Dissent”.
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